Printwear

September '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 S E P T E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 59 ester twill fabric that dominates common appliqué projects, not everyone is aware that there is a wide range of both stock and custom shapes and letters available from in- dustry suppliers for the purpose of appliqué, complete with digitized design files. These can come with stock elements or in custom cut pieces in a wide range of styles, from the aforementioned clean-cut athletic fare to rough, textural, and distressed-edge designs. One of the major benefits of these pre- made pieces is that no additional equipment is needed. Simply order the cuts, load the stitch files, and follow the directions sup- plied by the manufacturer. This is as easy as it gets. The primary drawback is that this method requires a great deal of forethought, since the appliqué distributor's production and shipping times must be taken into account when scheduling jobs. With this method, adding a couple extra sets of 'cuts' to your order is well worth the expenditure for both sampling and those customers who frequently tack on last-minute additions. Unique to the in-hoop method, a cut line runs on the overlaid material to give a clean edge against which to cut away the excess fabric. These specialty appliqué scissors are offset and made to ride directly against the underlying hooped material, and allows for a close, clean cut without the risk of cutting the base garment. (Image courtesy Erich Campbell) Unique to the in-hoop method, a cut line runs on the overlaid material to give a clean edge

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